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Short Research and analytical policy studies

This will involve undertaking short research and analytical studies conducted to interrogate, generate data and evidence to inform advocacy and exert influence. The research topics will be indentified through a small committee, the topics and research processes will be guided by a small research committee comprising of staff and experts on the area. The results will be compiled and communicated in a public event and documented for wider learning and action.

Campaigns:

This will involve targeted campaigns on selected topics and issues. The purposes for these campaigns will be multiple, ranging from mobilisation, education, sensitisation, persuasion and influence. The short studies, researches and networkings will generate topics and issues for advocacy during the campaigns. The campaigns will be widely advertised. Multiple approaches to campaigns will be adopted. Some of these approaches will include using public spaces, street stunts; stand up comedy, cartoons, road side sign posts, neon signs and car branding. We will also adopt some of the business approaches .

Forums and Public Dialogues

These will involve organising forums to engage strategic state and non state actors. They will be conducted regularly, to expand space for dialogue, share information, generate pressure and influence, expose and applaud voice. The forums and platforms will grounds for strategising for best options for influence and change.

High Level Targeted Engagement

This will involve monitoring and interaction of high level national and regional institutions, organs and axis of power. There will also be more interest and focus for this activity on participation in regional organs or processes and monitoring compliance to the international standards and instruments ratified by national and governments. The organs and process will include; EAC meetings, Heads of state and Ministerial summits,  Great Lakes CSO meetings, AU and UN assembly sessions, G8 and G20 meetings, WTO, EU and various expert commission meetings like the Thabo Mbeki Commission on Illicit capital flight.

The engagement will include sending delegates to these meetings and organising or participating in side meetings during these high level session meetings. It will also involve participation in government and nongovernmental delegations, presentation of shadow reports, opinions and appearances before EA, AU, SADC, EU, UN meetings to demand compliance to state commitments and advocacy for space and inclusion of groups and divergent opinions to neutralise politically driven opinions. This interaction will be an important avenue for building intergenerational opportunities between young people, non state actors and high level senior public citizens.

Networking and Alliance Building

This will be meetings with like minded institutions, sharing of experience, generating expertise, exploring new areas and frontiers for engagements and participating in others activities as a way of solidarity building and mass movement building. We will be active members in networks like the Tax Justice Network, Policy Forum, CSO Tax work group, Great Lakes CSO Network, East African CSO Networks, Constituency based organisations

Regional Observatory and Learning Missions

This will involve travel to other Countries in the region or outside the region to observe and learn new successful models and share or cross pollinate experiences. The missions will focus on observation of democratic and governance processes like elections, decentralisation, security and peace, humanitarian missions and volunteer missions in communities. The regional observatory missions will also be use to complement the local networking and alliances built.

Mobilisation and Movement building

This activity will involve multiple approaches of community mobilisation and mass movement building. It will include production and distribution of various mobilisation materials, organising and appearing in public and tertiary institutions setting up support stop poverty groups, Tax justice study circles at higher institutions of learning. The underlying objective of this mobilisation will be transform individual and citizens from ‘subjects’ to ‘active citizens’. Subjects in this context denotes a citizen who is disempowered, can not engage and cannot assert his or her rights and the active citizen denotes an empowered citizen and assertive of their rights. The S2C approach as developed by the YMCA and YWCA movement will be integrated into this social mobilisation initiative.

Media , Social Interaction and Public diplomacy

This will involve direct engagement with the media through appearances before media, issue statements, and generate information as news sources. It will also involve organisation of media campaigns, developing interactive media platforms and social sites to document, share and enhance interaction between various actors. The envisaged sites will include, Y-Global site and redesigning of the corruption tracker site to document and share information about corruption as a governance and social challenge affecting revenue collection, trade , service delivery and poverty eradication. This work will include either adopting or migrating the former Tanzania corruption tracker site into a ‘Governance Tracker system’ to address the challenges of stopping poverty or regularly contributing to an online information base on issues of corruption and corporate governance. It will include branding of the tracker and other online resources with the ‘Stop Corruption-Stop Poverty’ information logos.

Monitoring , Tracking and Advocacy

This will involve monitoring performance of duty bearers, organisation, governance structures, processes and compliance to national and international governance, human rights standards. Monitoring and tracking of implementation and practical challenges. This process will result into periodic reports which will be issued to influence changes.

Publications and Knowledge Formation

This activity will involve printing of short publications based from various researches, reports, information, success for wider sharing and knowledge formation. The publications will always be launched at public events to generate publicity. The publications will be widely distributed and used as a basis for knowledge formation. A periodic evaluation will be undertaken to determine the relevance of the publications.

Consultancy and Advisory/ Support services

This will involve providing consultancy and advisory services to individuals and organisations, and groups, clients on taxation, trade, business development, strategic planning, governance, public expenditure tracking, social action monitoring and other development oriented topics. It will also involve facilitation and backstopping or groups on business development, entrepreneurship, trade, law, governance, investment and poverty eradication. We will distinguish ourselves as resource partners and sources of knowledge.

4.4 Operational Strategy
•    Mobilise CSO, citizens, private sector, government and international actors on issues of governance, trade, taxation and development and poverty eradication
•    Under strategic studies and generation of knowledge on trade, taxation and economic development
•    Develop strategic linkages with high level research institutions and professionals competent enough on trade, taxation and economic development issues
•    Engage with high level governance, peace and political research institutions
•    Engage in national and regional trade, taxation and economic development processes and structures
•    Undertake rigorous publication and media campaigns
•    Analyse government policy, bills, legislation, programs and other initiatives not sensitive to trade, taxation and economic development
•    Review various regional and international instruments relating to trade, taxation and governance with a view of monitoring efficiency, effectiveness, fairness, compliance and other development challenges
•    Maintain an effective systematic collection and dissemination of information on trade, taxation and development
•    Establish awareness raising programs on the present trade, taxation and development debates to enhance citizens understanding, engagement and contribution to national, regional and international processes
•    Engage with government in trade, taxation and development reforms and policy making processes
•    Build an archetype, constituency and strategic alliances, links, networks and a funnel of friends and  like minded institutions locally and internationally
•    Undertake fiscal trade and development policy and legislative analysis for advocacy
•    Build a strategic partnership with government and development partners for improvement of practices on taxation, trade and development
•    Establish a strong alliance with key private sector initiatives like TSPF, CTI and VIBINDO, Trade Mark East Africa
•    Work with small and medium enterprises to identify the impact of taxation on their businesses and how compliance matters could be improved
•    Work towards establishing a strong tax payers association and Consumers Association as independent alternative ‘voices’ on taxation, trade and development matters
•    Engage with strategic parliamentary and judicial committees engaged in taxation and trade reform  processes
•    Establish a strong leadership and organisation governance structure and systems
•    Develop and maintain a strong and user friendly performance and results monitoring and evaluation systems
•    Maintain an effective human resource and management system
•    Develop a strong Human Resource recruitment and capacity building system to attract and retain good talent.
•    Source and utilise a cost effective and efficient financial management system
•    Expand financial base through aggressive fund raising
•    Develop and maintain an efficient, top of the range information and communication technology systems
•    Undertake regular review, self reflection and learning to identify wining strategies and options.

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